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Finland is a Northern European nation bordering Sweden, Norway and Russia. Its capital, Helsinki, occupies a peninsula and surrounding islands in the Baltic Sea. Helsinki is home to the 18th-century sea fortress Suomenlinna, the fashionable Design District and diverse museums. The Northern Lights can be seen from the country's Arctic Lapland province, a vast wilderness with national parks and ski resorts.

Languages: Finnish 91.2% (official), Swedish 5.5% (official), other 3.3% (small Sami- and Russian-speaking minorities)

Ethnic Groups: Finn 93.4%, Swede 5.6%, Russian 0.5%, Estonian 0.3%, Roma (Gypsy) 0.1%, Sami 0.1%

Belief Systems: Lutheran Church of Finland 82.5%, Orthodox Church 1.1%, other Christian 1.1%, other 0.1%, none 15.1%

Demographics:

Population: 5.43 million people (World Rank: 115th) (2014 estimate)
Population Density: 46.3 people/mi^2 (People per Square Mile) (World Rank: 204th) (2014 estimate)
Population Growth: 0.299 %/yr (World Rank: 184th) (2013 estimate)
Life Expectancy: 80.5 years (World Rank: 30th) (2013 estimate)
Median Age: 42 years (World Rank: 5th) (2010 estimate)

Sites for More Information:

Map of Finland
University of Texas Library

United Nations Country Profile for Finland

Finland - Country Profile
U.S. Library of Congress profile of Finland
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Finland - General Information
Columbia Encyclopedia Entry for Finland
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Tourism:

Travel Info for Finland
from travelnotes.org

Language Resources:

Study in Finland

Learn Finnish

Goverment Related:

Finnish Embassy
in Washington D.C.

Finnish Government Web Sites
Directory of government Web sites and other links by Gunnar Anzinger.


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